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February 24, 2017

NDDC, EBAFOSA make good their promises at Umuagwo … As Chief Nwachukwu Oil Industry kicks off

Partnership Initiative in Niger Delta (PIND), an agency of Niger Delta Development Commision (NDDC), saddled with the responsibility of improving and sustaining Palm products in Nigeria was Tuesday November 1, 2016 at Umuagwo, Ohaji/Egbema LGA commissioned an Oil Digester Screw Machine Industry owned by Chief D.O. Nwachukwu, Chairman Imo State Oil Palm Growers Association of Nigeria.

The event occurred even as Mr. Samuel Akubueze, Southeast coordination of the Ecosystem-Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA) in an address presented at the gathering made up of other members of the oil palm growers reinstated the intention of EBAFOSA to partner with PIND in marketing their products.

Advising them on the necessity to adapt with the changing needs of the present day society in providing enough food for the public, Mr. Samuel reminded that the call for “Change in farming method does not stand as a desperate call for replacing organic food with the inorganic.”

He pointed out that 80 percent of the Nigerian food in the market are inorganically produced and processed. “This is the more reason why Nigerians continue to face numerous challenges of disease and infection”

The coordinator however, dissuaded the listening farmers from practicing inorganic-based farming method such as fertilizer, pesticide, herbicide etc, notifying that EBAFOSA Southeast Zone which “is the first to produce organic pesticide in Africa”, has also recorded a landmark in Nigerian grain rice processing.

He concluded by stressing that the better way of adapting to the present day climate change was for farmers to recall and move back towards the organic world of our ancestors.

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It should be recalled that EBAFOSA, an organ of the United Nations (UN) with the sole aim of creating a synergy between food security and environment sustainability, was recently launched in Nigeria, and the southeast with Imo state as headquarter. For smooth grassroot coordination, the organ has its focal persons in various Local Government Areas.

Earlier before the commissioning exercise, Dr. Samuel Olusegun, NDDC/PIND Director of Palm Production who lectured the forum among other things on field management listed seedling, pruning, weeding as choices which could boost or mar palm plantation industry. He stressed on the need of sourcing the right information, adding that it would go a long way in helping them in making the right choices.

While commending the efforts of the oil palm growers, particularly Chief Nwachukwu for promoting agriculture in the state, the NDDC agent reaffirmed the commission’s resolved to continue in providing needed assistance for Nigerian men and women in the palm business.

In a brief response, Chief Nwachukwu thanked the director for the visit, assuring that with the collaborative efforts of PIND and EBAFOSA there would be food security and sustainable exportation of palm products in various parts of the world.


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